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2019 Matched Giving Date Programme Open Date Announced

 
The Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2019 Matched Giving Programme will reopen on Monday 14th January 2019.

In 2018 there were 271 matched giving applications approved which resulted in £93,053 raised to support registered charities in Northern Ireland.  Why not raise some extra funds for a charity you support this year? The programme is open to any Lloyds Banking group colleagues in Northern Ireland.

 

Please click here for more information. 

 

Final Successful Grants for 2018 announced!

The Trustees met in December 2018 to award the last Community Grants of 2018.

To see a list of the awarded grants please click here.

The Community Grant Programme is now open for new applications in 2019. Please go to the Programmes Section of the website to find out how to apply.

 

Annual Charity Celebration Event

 

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland gave £1.087million in grants to 326 charities in its latest funding period, directly helping improve the lives of 391,000 people.

The figures were revealed as the Foundation held its annual event at Stormont to celebrate the work of hundreds of charities that respond to the needs of disadvantaged and disabled people.

The 600 separate grants were awarded to a  variety of projects that included food banks, autism support, services for children and young people, help for the elderly and for people with learning disabilities.

Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland said the aim was to get much needed cash to charities working directly to help the most impoverished of communities.

She added: “The Voluntary and Community sector continues to experience great challenges in the face of budget cuts and ongoing economic austerity, that’s why we are really proud that the funding we provide to these organisations  allows them to offer a lifeline to communities that are in dire need.”

The Foundation also announced that a pilot project to provide expert mentoring support to charities will become a permanent part of its activities, with 20 organisations being helped this year.

The Charity Mentoring Programme matches skilled bank staff with senior charity personnel to provide advice in areas such as leadership, governance, HR and financial management.

Jim McCooe, a Foundation Trustee and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland, said the pilot had been  an overwhelming success and they were delighted to be  extending the programme .

He added: “Using the skills of our employees is one of the ways we can help charities with their essential work.. The feedback from our colleague mentors was that they had felt incredible pride in being able to support charities who are working to improve the lives of people in need, while the mentees said that had helped them gain the skills required to meet the challenges of working in this most difficult of sectors.

 

Recent Community Grants Awarded

 

In our most recent round of Community Grant Funding, 74 organisations received a grant from us. We wish all organisations every success in the delivery of their projects over the next year.

To see the full list of awardees, please click here.

Antrim Enterprise Agency launch New Initiative!

 

Antrim Enterprise Agency receives funding from Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland to support the delivery of their series of Mind Your Business & Finance information clinics.

The clinics are designed to help individuals gather the key information required when starting a business and to help alleviate the stress and remove the fear factor of what is involved as for many contemplating self employment, these issues can be enough to stop them from taking their idea any further.

Chairperson, Imelda McMillan says “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to be able to support the work of Antrim Enterprise Agency. The grant of £3,890 will be used to encourage those considering self – employment through information clinics on business and finance.  We wish the organisation continuing success with their excellent work, supporting future entrepreneurs within the local community.”

So whether you are working in a job at the moment that is not fully utilising your skills or qualifications, currently out of work, been made redundant, looking after the home, just out of school and considering starting a business then these clinics are for you.

Melissa McAllister, Bank Manager of Halifax Abbey Centre, says “The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland operate a colleague Matched Giving Scheme, matching the volunteering and fundraising efforts of employees supporting local charities. It is my pleasure to facilitate this certificate presentation today, raising the profile of this wonderful charity to colleagues in the branch, and celebrating the work of the Foundation”

The Mind Your Business clinics provide individuals with information on the key areas of starting a business from business name and status to market research, marketing and legalities.  The Mind Your Finance clinics provide information on  the key financial factors to consider such as pricing, costing, cashflow development and management, book keeping to name but a few. In addition to this each client will get a business checklist that will allow them to start planning their business start up.

Kerry McClintock, Business Development Manager says “we meet entrepreneurs from all walks of life with varying skills, knowledge and experience but all have one thing in common, they want to start their own business so through these clinics we can provide them with the support they need to make their dream a reality”

 

For further information and to register contact Kerry on 028 9446 7774 or kerry@antrimenterprise.com

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